|Etosha National Park - declared
a National Park in 1907 - covers 22 270 square km and is home to 114
mammal species, 340 bird species and a variety of reptiles and amphibians.
proclaimed, the Etosha Park was the largest reserve on earth, but in the
1960's political pressure resulted in the reduction to its current
Etosha (meaning "Great
White Place") is essentially a place of dry water - visit and you
will understand this seemingly ridiculous statement. It is dominated by
a massive mineral pan, a dried lake now full of dust and salt, which
fills only if the rains are heavy, and even then holds water for only a
short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of
wading birds including flamingos.
Traditionally visitors to
Etosha have had a choice of three rest camps - links to official sites
for each of Namutoni,
- that are operated by Namibia
Wildlife Resorts. Each camp has tourist facilities such as a
restaurant, a shop (selling only basic goods), a motor garage for fuel
and basic repairs, and a swimming pool, as well as various grades of
accommodation and camping facilities.
The best time for game viewing
is from May to September - the cooler months. Visitors can expect to see
many buck species (mostly very tasty when roasted), elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions and, with luck,
leopard and cheetah. There is a network of roads linking the three
campsites and subsidiary roads lead to various waterholes.
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